The Originals MBTI
ENFP [THE ADVOCATE]
ENFPs are the most optimistic of the types–not because they’re determined to see the positive, but because they focus on hopeful possibilities. Introverted Feeling helps ENFPs to take responsibility for the decisions they make, to accept the social consequences of their choices. It allows them to distinguish between an expedient choice, which circumvents others’ expectations, and an honorable one, which transcends them. Without enough Introversion, they’re dependent on others’ stake in their ideas, so they devote their energies into winning people’s approval. Given their awareness that circumstances are likely to change, they try to make their case broad enough to incorporate all possibilities. In consequence, ENFPs can end up talking a better game than they’re prepared to play.
Types who resist their Introverted side eventually reach a point where they feel tired and overwhelmed. Every situation they’re in seems to require every bit of energy, and no one seems to appreciate the pressure they are under. If they’re resisted self-reflection they are overwhelmed. However, their ideas about why this is happening are misplaced. They aren’t overwhelmed because there’s too much to do or because people expect too much. They’re overwhelmed because they’re constantly changing in response to their circumstances. When ENFPs develop Introverted Feeling, they short-circuit this receptive mode and come to terms with who they are. If they don’t, Introverted Sensation gets so far from their conscious self-experience that they’re sure people are working against them, fighting their attempts to improve life for others. Under such conditions, the only defense they can muster is their tertiary function, Extraverted Thinking. It convinces ENFPs that others should respect their priorities. From an Extraverted Intuition standpoint, of course, a priority is whatever the ENFP is responding to right now. [Lenore Thomson]
INFJ [THE CONFIDANT]
Because INFJs use Extraverted Feeling to relate to the outer world, they may seem more outgoing than they really are. Their personal approach and ability to find common ground with others combines with their Intuitive need for innovation and alternative views, and they frequently find themselves in positions of authority. People appreciate their ability to listen and to consider group feelings and values.Their primary relationship is to their inner world, and they are receptive to others only up to a point. Indeed, these types often find that their sympathy and perceptive listening have been mistaken for an overture of friendship, which they didn’t intend. Because they don’t usually know right away the import of what they are Intuiting, they may “go along,” with a questionable situation until they can get hold of how they actually feel about it. This tendency can be confusing to others, and it is often misinterpreted as reckless experimentation.
INFJs frequently express themselves indirectly, depending on unstated implication to carry their meaning, and they can be put off by too direct a reference to something that is of great value to them. Because INFJs are so alert to the unsaid, they may find it difficult to sort out their own emotions from the moods and feelings they discern in others. In general, these types do create their own reality, and it is one of great riches. However, if their inner life is not balanced with reality, they may feel so different from others that they become self-conscious or defensive. They may be drawn to dysfunctional people, romanticizing their ability to see something in them that others cannot. [Lenore Thomson]
ESTP [THE ADVENTURER]
ESTPs are realists of the first order. Like all Sensates, they are geared by their senses and enjoy action and stimulation. But unlike the ESFP, who is drawn by Introverted Feeling to an interest in people, the ESTP is galvanized by Introverted Thinking towards situations involving risk, strategy, and serious competition. Introverted Thinking gives ESTPs a talent for evaluating variables in a crisis situation, and they invariably respond with action. They take in so much information at a glance that they may seem to have a sixth sense. They know far more than they’re able to express about what’s likely to happen and what they can do to prevent or support it.
ESTPs are so alert to others’ reactions that they can use this skill to advantage, negotiating ends favorable to their own interests. An ESTP may be ruthlessly pragmatic in this respect, fully capable of depersonalizing a situation, seeing others as players in a game that inevitably results in winner and losers. ESTPs generally have their own code of honor. It may not accord with collective mores and expectations, but it is consistent and fiercely maintained. ESTPs have little patience for or interest in the contemplation of abstract knowledge. They prefer concrete facts that have some kind of practical application. These types are disinclined to explain their motivations or justify their behaviors, other than to shrug offhandedly and say something disarming. [Lenore Thomson]
ESFJ [THE SUPPORTER]
ESFJs know who they are, quite literally, by way of their relationships, and they thrive on their multiple roles and responsibilities. These types have a natural sense of community, and it informs everything they do. They’re quick to assume the responsibility that marks them as supportive and contributing members. ESFJs reason personally, in terms of their relationships, so their identity derives from the roles they play in people’s lives. Where Thinking types talk about things of general interest, ESFJ are concerned with social time and space, their questions centering around common values and connections in the community. They live by the values associated with the roles they’ve taken on. They want their behaviors to stand as evidence of right relationship to others.
These values are also ESFJ’s primary criterion for appraising others’ behaviors. Such types may, for this reason, have a strong sense of how things “ought” to be. The ESFJ’s values are not a matter of individual preference. These types won’t act on their subjective observations and reactions until they’ve measured them against the prevailing social current. Feeling types use logic to assess their options, but they solve a problem by seeking consensus. These types need more, however, than praise for a job well done, which satisfies a Thinking type. ESFJs need to know that people like and appreciate them. [Lenore Thomson]
ENFJ [THE TEACHER]
Like ESFJs, ENFJs reason in terms of relationship, but their motives and ambitions are somewhat different. They have a psychological turn of mind, an interest in the journeys people take and how they’re negotiated. They have a strong need to improve the systems that determine human relationship and to help people find meaning in their lives. Because Introverted Intuition gives them the ability to acknowledge a person’s viewpoint as subjectively valid without requiring its logical justification or factual accuracy, they’re highly receptive listeners who may find themselves the recipient of people’s problems whether they intended to be or not.
ENFJs want to make people people aware of their inner scripts so they can get past them and develop more realistic ways of acting in the world. They genuinely believe that, deep down, people want to contribute to the system that supports them, and they’re certain that communication, understanding, and identification will ultimately bring anyone under the judgement of collective values. The type’s idealism in this respect is so well developed that ENFJs can have a difficult time saying no, even when their time and energy is in short supply. ENFJs believing that they should be able to handle anything that arises with reason and understanding, may have a particular problem with displays of anger. [Lenore Thomson]
ESFP [THE PERFORMER]
ESFPs generally enjoy “going with the flow” and will take pleasure in whatever is happening until it no longer seems enjoyable. ESFPs tend to be generous sorts, and they may seem vulnerable, even naive, because they’re inclined to surrender themselves to the moment without restraint. Whatever they’re in, they’re in wholeheartedly, and if they’re not interested, they’re likely to escape or create a humorous diversion. Thus, ESFPs may strike people as not taking life seriously enough, not caring enough about the consequences of their actions. In truth, these types are usually ambitious and want to be admired and respected, but they don’t make plans the way Judging types do; they don’t think in step-by-step terms. They think perceptually, alert to opportunities life offers them.
ESFPs are so accustomed to handling problems as they arise that intractable difficulties can make them feel anxious and want to get away as soon as possible. They don’t like unpleasantness that can’t be handled with immediate action. If they get trapped in a situation they don’t want to be in, they will generally go along only until escape becomes possible. This can make ESFPs seem unreliable to people who care about them. Their attitude, however, is really a matter of their Sensate priorities. ESFPs will resist experiences in which their adaptational skills have no value. Most ESFPs learn to rely on feeling of fatigue and depression as a way to escape constant onslaught of external information they’re trying to deal with. ESFPs of this sort may attempt to start over again, trying to find a new lease on life. This often happens in conjunction with their tertiary function, Extraverted Thinking, which prompts them to find an external explanation for their lack of satisfaction. [Lenore Thomson]
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